It's been Alohi, Alohi, Alohi around here the past several weeks, so here's a picture of Lily! She still doesn't know what to think of her new sister, but she's finally starting to come around. At least she's sleeping in the bed with us again!
Are you into basketball? I'm really not, but Jarrod likes to watch March Madness and I usually do a bracket on ESPN with some of his friends. It makes the hours of games more bearable if I have a stake in them! Since I know hardly anything about the sport, my picks are a mix of schools I like and educated guesses. Last year I got second place in the group, but this year my bracket's sucking it up! (P.S. I named my bracket BookWorm -- just in case there was any doubt about my interest in basketball.)
Reading: I started off the week with "A Bridge Across the Ocean" by Susan Meissner (I had an advance-read copy and it came out last Tuesday) and was kinda disappointed. The writing was nothing to get excited about, and I was totally thrown that this apparently ordinary past/present dual narrative historical fiction novel ended up being centered on a character who can communicate with ghosts and and who's having something of a midlife crisis about her ability. I enjoy paranormal novels in the right context, but the blurb didn't mention anything about that plot point (for a reason, perhaps?) and I just had a really hard time getting on board with it. (Here's my full review.)
Because of all that, it was so refreshing to finally dive into "A Perilous Undertaking," the second Veronica Speedwell book, which I've been looking forward to forEVER. The writing is so, so much better than "A Bridge Across the Ocean," the story and setting pulled me in right away, and I love the characters. If you haven't read "A Curious Beginning," the first book in the series, I urge you to check it out!
I'll be done with "A Perilous Undertaking" soon -- as if I needed extra motivation, it's due back at the library tomorrow -- and I've got quite a selection of books to choose from next: "The Dry" by Jane Harper, "A Murder of Crows" by Anne Bishop (the second The Others book), "Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders or "Swimming Lessons" by Claire Fuller, plus an advance-read copy of "Sputnik's Children" by Terri Favro. Decisions, decisions!
Knitting: Nothing, sigh. I still need to block my teal heart hat and make the pompom for the top. And I really need to get back to work on the Hufflepuff scarf.
Watching: We watched "Allied" on Friday night and I thought it was decent. We also watched a couple more episodes of "House of Cards"; just one more episode to go in season 1. And Alohi and I did some more DVR binge-watching while Jarrod was at poker night this weekend and I'm finally almost caught up on "Grey's Anatomy."
Listening to: "Love is Mystical" by Cold War Kids.
Making: Giant paper flowers for my big April Showers Bring May Flowers wall display at work. This next week I'll be making a big 3-D papier-mache cloud for the display.
Mulling over: Taking up quilting. I've always been interested in sewing (though I can barely operate my sewing machine -- I actually took a several year break from it because something was wrong with the bobbin and I couldn't get it figured out; it took my dad about two minutes to fix it when I finally asked) and lately I've seen some gorgeous quilting on Instagram. It's got me thinking about trying it... and it would fulfill my New Year's goal of taking up a new hobby (or at least attempting one).
My Spring 2017 To-Read List
New Release: A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner
Looking forward to: Seeing "Beauty and the Beast"!
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